California’s First Openly Gay Federal Judge Confirmed
Californa’s first openly gay federal judge will be Michael Fitzgerald, after the Los Angeles attorney won Senate confirmation on Thursday.
The Senate voted 91-6 to confirm the former federal prosecutor, the third openly gay person elevated to a judicial positions by President Barack Obama, according to reports. The first two, both confirmed by the Senate, serve in New York, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
Vaughn Walker, the federal judge to whom Proposition 8 was appealed, confirmed reports of his sexuality after he retired in February 2011, the newspaper reported. Bill Clinton appointed the first gay federal judge in 1994.
Fitzgerald went to law school at Berkeley before serving as a federal prosecutor and a lawyer for the Los Angeles police commission, according to the the newspaper.